My Gums Bleed When I Brush: Should I Be Concerned?

Have you found blood on your toothbrush or noticed it in your saliva? While this might seem startling and it does signify a potential issue, bleeding gums is not uncommon. Unfortunately, having gums that bleed can signal the presence of periodontal (gum) disease, which requires professional oral health care treatments and lifestyle changes. Without professional…

The Oral Health of the Long-Term Care Patient

Many oral conditions adversely affect a resident’s nutrition and general health status, and the mouth, in turn, reflects many systemic problems. Advanced periodontitis—fairly common in the elderly—-reduces the ability to chew, exacerbates problems in the control of types 1 and 2 diabetes, and has been found to be a risk factor in pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders,…